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January 13, 2022

Firethorn Trust appoints Glencar Construction on prime logistics development in Peterborough.

The appointment is Glencar’s first to be awarded by Firethorn Trust and reflects the growing customer confidence in the business. Glencar, a construction company specialising in the industrial, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, life science and pharmaceutical sectors has today announced that it has been appointed by real estate investor and developer,

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Pandemic decline in housebuilder liquidations

Market analysis by real estate debt advisory specialists, Sirius Property Finance, has found that despite a reduction in the number of housebuilders filling for liquidation during the pandemic, the market share of new homes built by SMEs has fallen.  The initial analysis by Sirius Property Finance looked at the level

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THE INPUT GROUP ANNOUNCES CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH PASIC

THE INPUT GROUP has pledged its support to PASIC, a support service for the families of children with cancer in the East Midlands, to begin the first chapter of its corporate charity partnership. The Input Group, whose headquarters are in Derby, kickstarted its efforts on behalf of the charity in

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Ship’s Hull Inspires Art Installation at Edward Street Quarter

Ship’s Hull Inspires Art Installation at Edward Street Quarter

Internationally renowned master sculptor Casto Solano has revealed designs for the public art gateway marking the entrance to Brighton’s newest neighbourhood Edward Street Quarter. Work by his British-Spanish studio SolArt has appeared in cities around the world, including Paris, Vancouver and Seattle. Now his latest sculpture, inspired by the hull

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First Homes Go on Sale at New Development in Skelton

First Homes Go on Sale at New Development in Skelton

The first homes were released for sale last month (December) at a new housing development taking shape in Skelton-in-Cleveland. Bellway is building 140 new three and four-bedroom houses at Castlegate, off Bowland Road, alongside public open space. Funding is also being provided to enhance the play area which neighbours the

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Spectacular Casino Designs in the UK

When compared to resorts and land-based gambling enterprises across the world, only a few structures are capable of making a long-lasting impact. There is reason to suppose that some of the most bizarre and amusing casino architecture may be seen in Las Vegas, sometimes known as Sin City. On the

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January 13, 2022

Firethorn Trust appoints Glencar Construction on prime logistics development in Peterborough.

The appointment is Glencar’s first to be awarded by Firethorn Trust and reflects the growing customer confidence in the business. Glencar, a construction company specialising in the industrial, logistics, distribution, manufacturing, life science and pharmaceutical sectors has today announced that it has been appointed by real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust onto a 21-acre site, Peterborough South at Kingston Park in Hampton. The development will create circa 500,000 sq ft of logistics space across three units, and is expected to be complete by late 2022. The scheme will be delivered to net-zero carbon in construction and target an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating, with a sustainable infrastructure that features more than 40,000 sq. ft. of photovoltaic arrays as standard, 48 electric vehicle charging points, and 15% roof lighting. Purchased from O&H Properties earlier this year, the Kingston Park site sits adjacent to existing occupiers including Amazon, IKEA and DART. It offers excellent connectivity, being located within two miles of the A1 (M) at Junction 17. Commenting on the appointment Glencar Managing Director London and South Roy Jones said: “Our team is now mobilised and it’s great to be getting underway at the Peterborough South scheme, our first for Firethorn Trust. We are delighted to be supporting Firethorn to achieve its vision of a quality, modern, sustainable logistics park with facilities and amenities that will benefit both occupiers and employees.” Also commenting, Paul Martin, Development Director at Firethorn Trust, said: “We were impressed by Glencar’s considerable track record in delivering high-quality facilities of this nature, and look forward to working closely with the team to bring our vision for Peterborough South to life. “This highly-specified, net-zero carbon development has been designed to continue driving investment and employment opportunities within what has become one of the UK’s fastest growing regions. We are now in prime position to bring the scheme forward at pace, as we look to quickly meet increasing occupier demand for quality, sustainable and flexible logistics spaces.” Peterborough South joins a number of strategic development sites across the UK for Firethorn, including Northampton Cross in Milton Ham and Ascent Logistics Park in Leighton Buzzard as well as new acquisitions at Ellesmere Port and Barnsley, taking the developer’s current development pipeline to over 3m sq. ft. All enquiries for Peterborough South should be directed to the scheme’s letting agents, Savills and Lambert Smith Hampton.

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Pandemic decline in housebuilder liquidations

Market analysis by real estate debt advisory specialists, Sirius Property Finance, has found that despite a reduction in the number of housebuilders filling for liquidation during the pandemic, the market share of new homes built by SMEs has fallen.  The initial analysis by Sirius Property Finance looked at the level of liquidations across the construction industry, more specifically the sub-sector of residential and non-residential building construction. The data shows that across Britain, there has been a steady increase in this figure since 2016 where both compulsory and voluntary liquidations are concerned.  Between 2016 and 2017, the total number of liquidations climbed by 8%. Between 2017 and 2018 there was a further increase of 19%. This was followed by a 22% annual increase from 2018 to 2019.  However, in 2020 when the initial Covid outbreak hit the nation, the number of housebuilders filling for liquidation saw a decline of -38%.  Managing Director of Sirius Property Finance, Nicholas Christofi, commented: “There are a number of influences that could have driven this decline in liquidation levels. Despite the problems posed by the initial outbreak of COVID-19 and the restrictions imposed across the construction sector, we’ve since enjoyed a property market boom that will have helped boost profit margins considerably and this will have helped many better negotiate an otherwise tough period.  At the same time, we’ve seen a range of government initiatives implemented, such as the furlough scheme, in order to help businesses overcome the financial difficulties of the past two years. This will have certainly helped many companies who may otherwise have failed to survive.”  However, despite this positive movement, the number of SMEs operating within the sector is thought to have declined. Previous research by Sirius Property Finance found that since the late 80s, the estimated share of homes built by SMEs across England has fallen from around 77,500 a year to just 19,500 – a 28% reduction with them accounting for just 12% of all homes built.  The latest look at SME housebuilder market share estimates that this has since fallen further in 2020 to just 14,789 new homes per year – just 10% of the total market. A trend that Sirius Property Finance believes may continue as we move forward.  Nicholas Christofi, continued: “Many SME housebuilders won’t have had the cash reserves that their larger sector counterparts would have had and this means they simply haven’t been able to weather the problems posed by the pandemic in the same manner. When you also consider the widespread supply issues caused by the pandemic and the protracted length of the planning process itself, it’s been far harder for small to medium enterprises to dust themselves off and get building again.  However, new and emerging methods of finance are available that better suit SME builders and these options are helping them to overcome the financial strain of the last two years.   Conventionally, property development was based on straightforward bank debt. Yet now we see far more innovative ways of funding a building project and specialist lenders that are competing with high street banks head on. These resources are now more competitive, with better terms and, often, much faster to deploy and so there is a likelihood that this will enable SME developers to fight back fiercely over the coming year.” Liquidation figures sourced from Gov.uk – Company insolvency statisticsHousebuilding statistics sourced from Gov.uk – Live tables on housing supply

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THE INPUT GROUP ANNOUNCES CHARITY PARTNERSHIP WITH PASIC

THE INPUT GROUP has pledged its support to PASIC, a support service for the families of children with cancer in the East Midlands, to begin the first chapter of its corporate charity partnership. The Input Group, whose headquarters are in Derby, kickstarted its efforts on behalf of the charity in December to coordinate the delivery of over 200 Christmas presents during the month across several drop off points. The full-service construction firm also supported with deliveries from other PASIC charity partners, with more than 100 families benefitting from the team’s efforts. Chris Monk, managing director at The Input Group, said: “We believe that the work being carried out by PASIC is truly life changing for families in the community, and as a family business, we are delighted to work with them as they carry out their mission. “PASIC work tirelessly to create a positive, lasting impact in the lives of brave young people and their loved ones. We’re pleased to have played some part in PASIC’s Christmas appeal and festivities and look forward to future opportunities to support them throughout 2022.” Louise Towse, chief executive of PASIC, said: “We’re so grateful to The Input Group for making the coordination of Christmas presents run as smoothly as possible, with their generous offer of time, labour and transport. They were a huge help and eased the load and freed us up to wrap a record number of gifts in time – which ranged from family boardgames and building blocks, to puzzles and colouring kits. “We’re looking forward to working closely with The Input Group moving forwards and are excited about the prospect of offering other forms of support together to families in the area.” PASIC was established more than 40 years ago and provides emotional, social, and practical support to families of children and young people with cancer living in the region. PASIC also helps to build valuable support networks to reduce isolation and make a positive impact to the lives of families coping with childhood cancer. To find out more about The Input Group, please visit www.inputgroup.co.uk or contact marketing@inputgroup.co.uk. To find out more about PASIC, please visit https://www.pasic.org.uk/

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Ship’s Hull Inspires Art Installation at Edward Street Quarter

Ship’s Hull Inspires Art Installation at Edward Street Quarter

Internationally renowned master sculptor Casto Solano has revealed designs for the public art gateway marking the entrance to Brighton’s newest neighbourhood Edward Street Quarter. Work by his British-Spanish studio SolArt has appeared in cities around the world, including Paris, Vancouver and Seattle. Now his latest sculpture, inspired by the hull of a ship and whale bones, will connect Edward Street Quarter with its history as a fishing community. Local designer Richard Wolfstrome, who has been helping Edward Street Quarter to find the best talent to deliver stand out public art, said: “SolArt won based on the merits of their idea, their skills and the beauty of their design. We also wanted to celebrate that Brighton is an international city which has great connections with our neighbours in Europe.” “This piece will work in perfect harmony with Cosmo Sarson’s 10m high ceramic mural of the sea god Neptune and Bruce William’s groundwork fishing net. The three pieces together demonstrate a joined-up-thinking approach to create a cohesive place narrative.” SolArt’s public art will feature a reflective ceiling enabling people to see their faces and encouraging them to interact with the piece. The outer layer will be made of weathering steel which ages over time, recalling the rusty hull of a ship. The studio is based in the Basque Country in northern Spain, where leading expert Casto has built his international reputation for producing outdoor artworks for 30 years. “We are looking forward to installing our whale bone sculpture in Edward Street Quarter and adding our piece to the art trail which is taking shape in this vibrant new destination,” said Sculptor Casto Solano. “I am passionate about creating iconic pieces which invite interaction and participation. I believe art can connect us through our shared space and culture, and that good art should attract visitors from the local area and as well as nationally. This piece will create a meeting point where people can feel a connection with the area’s history and we hope it will draw in visitors from miles around.” The competition for Edward Street Quarter’s public art was open to artists locally, nationally and internationally. Edward Street Quarter comprises 125,000 sq ft of flexible space for Brighton’s digital and creative sectors, as well as the wider business community, making it the largest provision of workspace to be delivered in the city since 1993. In total 20,000 sq ft is set aside for retailers, leisure and hospitality and 168 new homes are available, including a mix of private and affordable units to meet local demand. The development features three public green spaces, heavily planted with mature trees and an edible garden full of herbs.

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First Homes Go on Sale at New Development in Skelton

First Homes Go on Sale at New Development in Skelton

The first homes were released for sale last month (December) at a new housing development taking shape in Skelton-in-Cleveland. Bellway is building 140 new three and four-bedroom houses at Castlegate, off Bowland Road, alongside public open space. Funding is also being provided to enhance the play area which neighbours the development. Castlegate will form the second and final phase of a wider application for 262 new homes in the area, with the first phase already completed. Hayley Teasdale, Sales Manager for Bellway Durham, said: “We’ve received high levels of interest in this development ever since our plans for the site were approved and since releasing the first selection of properties for sale we have already taken multiple reservations. “The mix of three and four-bedroom houses we’re providing here has been carefully designed to meet the local housing need, with a variety of styles and sizes to suit a range of buyers. The first homes launched online on Thursday 2 December, with a sales centre due to open at Castlegate this month (January) and the showhomes opening in April. “The market town location of the development is set to be a real draw, while it’s also close to the coast at Saltburn-by-the-Sea, as well as the picturesque countryside of the Cleveland Hills and the North York Moors.” The new homes at the Skelton development are all from Bellway’s flagship Artisan Collection, with homes designed following decades of customer feedback and combining traditional craftsmanship and attention to detail with the latest construction techniques. Hayley said: “The quality of our Artisan homes is proving popular with customers at other developments, and we are pleased to be able to offer houses from this range at Castlegate. Customers buying a new home here will also have the peace of mind that they’re buying from a five-star rated builder with the Home Builders Federation.” Bellway has been rated a five-star builder by the HBF – which means more than 90 per cent of customers would recommend the housebuilder to a friend or family member – for the past five years running.

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Spectacular Casino Designs in the UK

When compared to resorts and land-based gambling enterprises across the world, only a few structures are capable of making a long-lasting impact. There is reason to suppose that some of the most bizarre and amusing casino architecture may be seen in Las Vegas, sometimes known as Sin City. On the other hand, Europeans will discover various casinos with a more contemporary style that integrates with the neighborhood in which the casino operates. Brief History The Gambling Act 2005 governs gambling in the UK on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS). This Act brought the expanding Internet gaming sector under British authority for the first time and introduced a new system of protections for children and vulnerable persons. Gambling has always been a popular UK pastime. Horse racing has been a hot issue for over 300 years. It is regulated. However, its most vociferous opponents have been evangelical Protestants and social reformers. Gambling is legally allowed in the United Kingdom. However, if you bet online, the site must be licensed by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC). All of the greatest and newest betting sites in the UK do, in order to be on the safe side it is always recommended turning to a trustworthy source that will list such sites including comprehensive reviews. (Source: safebettingsites.com ) However, with the implementation of COVID-19 casino closures and lockdowns, most people resorted to online gambling and betting. This article will look at some of London’s most stunning casino architecture. Continue reading to find out why these buildings deserve to be on this list. The Palm Beach Casino A relationship between Fisch and Genting has been formed to consolidate the Palm Beach Casino of Mayfair as the location to be observed to please a fast-growing yet discriminating clientele. The casino bar has recently been reoriented for increased capacity and importance, and the a la carte Restaurant, renowned for being highly fashionable, has been firmly re-established in the casino’s heart. The game area is less congested and more up-to-date, as it flows more efficiently, with a greater emphasis on mixed play. “Beautiful casino with a particular design and effervescence that offers the ideal mood for a classy night out. Options for high-stakes gaming and learner-friendly world-class service. After various adjustments and restorations, London’s Palm Beach Casino has lived up to its name, providing entertainment and pleasure reminiscent of Florida’s famed Palm Beach,” according to a review by Mayfair Casinos. There are subtle Asian and Middle Eastern-inspired screening and feature designs throughout the rooms. This makes The Palm Beach Casino one of London’s best. The customer’s need is achieved with gorgeous gold and chocolate with catching greys and red. Choose your style and visit this gaming business if you have extra time! London’s Barracuda Casino When asked how this casino differs from others, Barracuda’s managing director answers just the mood and environment. The Barracuda is a bustling casino with a welcoming atmosphere. Because of its appealing look, visitors and activities are always going on. This allows individuals to hold talks without interfering with anybody else or having anyone meddle with them. The Barracuda casino has a particularly international atmosphere since it attracts people from all over the world. Every casino strives to provide something unique to get customers to return, and the Barracuda seems to have added hospitality to its stunning building. The majority of Barracuda’s clients are regulars who are confident in what they do and the hospitality on offer. If you want a taste of culture in London, you may be interested in meeting the Barracuda employees. Many of the casino’s employees are from all over the globe and speak various languages. Find Chinese, French, Middle Eastern, Italian, and other employees who will strike up a conversation with anybody! The Grosvenor Victoria Casino The Grosvenor Victoria Casino, sometimes known as “The Vic,” is situated in the centre of London, precisely on Edgware Road. It is not just visually appealing due to its construction and aesthetics; it is also one of the largest and longest-established land-based casinos in the United Kingdom. The Vic casino provides gamers and guests with the most significant leisure experience, whether gambling or touring. Notable features include a superb restaurant, a well-equipped casino gaming, and poker area, and two bars. Every night at Grosvenor Victoria Casino, the gaming floor is filled with adrenaline seekers. Many gaming tables, slot machines, and electronic games suit all tastes. The Barracuda is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals who don’t mind the time. The casino is conveniently located between Marble Arch and Edgeware Road tube stations. When you go into a casino, the first thing that springs to mind is the casino’s entertainment and the prizes you will get. While this is the primary reason to visit a casino, many other elements must be considered to guarantee that you remain in a casino and spend your money. Casino architecture is at the top of the list. Casino design contributes significantly to raising casino income and enticing more gamblers in the United Kingdom. Investing in the correct casino design is a definite method to increase casino income.

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